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    1 hour overtime pay today.
    Asked around about ways to help grandson with his gassiness.colic and trouble with choking and swallowing too much air with his bottle feeding. I got good reviews about the Dr.Brown bottle. I bought some at Walmart to trial this week. His parents are willing to try and the money is worth it if it works for him. The bottles do require extra time for thorough cleaning.
    Have not attended any H.S sporting events this fall which has saved me money from ticket cost and concession purchases. DH at football playoff game.
    Lights and heat at the minimum.
    Free Halloween candy at work today.

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    Today...

    ~ walked to the store for some groceries for supper, instead of ordering in pizza.
    ~ bought a pie for dessert, rather than eat out at a cafe. We need to save money, so it's time to eat in. Next time I'm making the pie though.
    ~ connecting with people via text, rather than phoning.
    ~ Watching a DVD movie at home rather than at the theatre. Unfortunately the DVD player quit working halfway through the movie! Ugh! And DH can't get it to play on his laptop or mine. Ugh.... Oh well, the first half of the movie was okay.
    ~ leftovers for lunch.

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    Attended a huge rummage sale today and Husby bought a Troy-Bilt wood chipper/vac for only $125. It should come in very handy for us, living here in the great north woods, particularly since we have about a dozen trees already cut down and other dozen to go in the next few weeks. It'll save us hauling many, many loads of brush to the dump and provide us with tons of free mulch.

    Also got a nice hall cabinet for storing excess pop for the pop addict, for just $6.


    Got a former printer stand for $6 for my office. I needed a table to hold my folding easel and story boards, that had a shelf below for my bags with my various works in progress organized in them.

    Almost bought a boat, motor, and trailer for $1,500, which was a steal. But after much deliberation and a difficult reality check, we were able to walk away. We may regret that, but at least we'll regret it with our $1,500 still in our pockets.

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    Dh-fixed the mower wheel by getting a new bolt-$3.
    DH-fixed the garage door for $30. Screws let go
    DH-cleared all the leaves in the front yard. Luckily,I had bought bags for clearance and we have a mulching mower.
    DH-installed the new filter to finish winterizing the furnace $45. (saving at least $70).
    We ate at home-sandwiches
    Cooked chicken to make chicken soup today.

    Didnt go anywhere and saved gas. Dh only went up the street to the hardware store and the plumbing/electric store.

    Skipped renting the usual movie $4.99-$6.99

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    Today...

    ~ I spent time in the yard helping DH lift a brick sidewalk instead of hiring it out. We are 1/2 done what needs to be done. Tomorrow we get some help.

    ~ Walked to a nearby church bake sale. Church bake sales are the best! Came away with two large hm pies (peach and pecan) and some gluten free Halloween cupcakes...all for $22.50. The pies were expensive, but large... We got there too late. I told DH next time we go early in the day. But to be honest, we didn't know it was on, until we realized people were walking past us while we were working outside without bags, and coming back with full bags.

    ~ Went to Canadian Tire to pick up flagging tape to stake out the sidewalk so kids didn't try and come up it tonight and trip over where we started to pull up bricks. $6 for a roll of flagging tape! But DH made the stakes.

    ~ Stopped by the grocery store for $15 worth of fruit, milk, and eggs. Bought the 50% off bananas in a bag because they were actually ripe. The expensive ones were green.

    ~ Boarder went out for supper, so DH and I shared one chicken breast, ate beans from our garden, and I made some brown and wild rice to go with it all.

    ~ Leftovers for lunch.

    ~ Because the sidewalk was all torn up, we did not do celebrate Halloween this year. Saved on that. We didn't want little kids tripping over where we'd pulled up the bricks.

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    We stayed home tonight for Halloween and grandson visited. We usually have 100-150 trick or treaters. This year we had about 10. Sent bowl of candy with daughter and boyfriend. Will treat coworkers with extra candy tomorrow. Bought the candy at Aldis, was a savings over other stores.
    Worked then went to Mass. After church a friend couple of ours stopped me and wanted to give me a gift. It was a first edition book their friend just had published about her adventures on Wisconsins Ice Age trail. They know how much dh and I enjoy hiking trails and visiting state parks (we met our goal of visiting all Wisconsin state parks this summer) The trail is 1000 miles. We want to try to walk segments of it that are described in the book. It was so thoughtful of them.
    Daughter brought baby items for us to keep here, pack in play, diapers, wipes, extra clothes and diapers. We will be babysitting once a week.
    I know a lot of what I put here is off the frugal topic. We didn't do any extra spending today (except for church donation) so that is good.

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    That's okay KimB. Some of my stuff isn't frugal related either. But it all connects eventually...somehow...

    Tonight DH and I stayed in and watched the rest of that movie we started last night. Also played games. A fun evening of entertainment, and free.

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    Today's activities...

    ~ leftovers for lunch
    ~ all meals at home
    ~ dug up all the front yard shrubs that needed to be moved for the sewer/water line work. Also lifted the brick sidewalk, and removed the rocks edging the planting bed. We had a friend come help us. That was real nice.
    ~ sold an old Bentwood rocking chair that was pretty dinged up and taking up a lot of space at our place, for $20. We bought it originally at a garage sale for $7 about 30 years ago. The money goes in our slush fund for some of the items we want to acquire before DH retires.

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    Free food at monthly card party, dh contribution was fresh baked cheesy topped hard bread from local bakery that went nicely with the homemade vegie soup. We could have lost $10 each which is what we each pay for chips for the night to play texas holdem. Dh won , so we came home $20 ahead. We laugh a lot when we get together (5 couples).
    15 minutes of overtime pay. Headache all day at work, used staff stock of motrin and Tylenol times two today and it finally went away just before going to friends house.
    Went to wake of a friends mother, money put in card. She was my first nurse mentor when I got my first job in 1984.
    $20 towards loan!

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    Stayed home and made a pot of chicken soup for dinner and have tons left for lunches.
    Dh drove Dd to work so I skipped the $7.99/12 bagels I so love at her store. Skipped renting a movie again.
    Dogs are getting chubby so I have cut back on treats. That will save some
    Dh Vaccumned out the car for DD w/ our shop vac. instead of the car wash one.

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    Today is day of 9 of working 12.5 hour days.
    Bring all my food to work.
    Driving straight to work and back home again.
    Eat at home.
    Go to bed.
    Wake up and repeat.
    No time to spend the money I've been making.
    Tomorrow is my one day off - finally
    2020 Goals:
    Pay off Ohio House - $621.02/$3,330.56
    Save for whole house generator - $0/$15,000 (Guess amount, no quote)
    Fully Fund all Retirement Accounts & HSA - $3,172.43/$43,000
    Save for fruit trees - $0/$1,000 (by December)
    Survive Outage - 6-12s for 3-6 months.....love the pay, hate the hours
    Save for pond....now a 2022 goal

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    Little to no extra driving. Gas has dropped here again. One place on way to work is $2.03 and I finally found the gas card that hubs gave me over a year ago that saves 3 cents a gallon. Will have to use it tomorrow before I can get to work. Don't have a clue how it works as it doesn't slide. He said to take it in then use the debit card. I don't like that gas station but for $2 a gallon I guess I can suck it up. Usually I buy gas thru work so in a sense costs me nothing. Won't be able to do that this time. Sigh.

    Got off work Sat at noon. Other than a needed trip to WalFart to get meds I haven't went anywhere. On the good side of that one of the prescriptions would have been $280 and by getting generic it was $15 and change. I don't have prescription and that was just reduced. Works for me. Have an eye infection and they gave me 2 refillable. The drops on the other hand are like $145??? Thereabouts. I'm hoping there's enough left in the bottle to take care of it.

    Unfrugal the eye infection has involved so far 2 eye appoints with a specialist to the tune of $247 and prescriptions to the tune of $175. Better than going blind and glad I could cover it especially with cut hours.

    Mostly cooking out of fridge/freezer/pantry with the exception of good lunch meat meaning supposedly not processed. Yeah right. Sometimes just to tired to come home and start cooking.

    Still in the 90's here so air is still running Today it is barely kicking off. Received electric bill a couple day ago for last of Sept and mostly October for $179. I mean... geesh... . This was NOT in my loose budget.

    Health insurance also went up last month $114.

    Keeping lights off as much as possible.

    Full loads in washer and dish washer.

    Staying out of grocery stores a much as I can. I have plenty of food here and only need stuff like milk, bread, eggs etc so not going and not looking at sale ads if I can help it.

    We've been hit twice with air conditioning issues in the last 6 weeks to the tune of $275. What with that, the eye doctor & prescriptions and the increase in insurance premiums I've go to start watching even closer.
    Bank of America is THE godfather of Hell with Wells Fargo running neck and neck. When the world ends the only things that will be left are cockroaches, Walmart, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. Not necessarily in that order. The order remains to be seen.

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    Today's frugal activities...

    ~ skipped breakfast, ate leftovers for lunch. I know, skipping breakfast isn't healthy, but I slept in and didn't get up till about 10 anyways. And I sure wasn't hungry!

    ~ online researching various places to live.

    ~ de-cluttering books.

    ~ two loads of laundry today to clean up after the mess moving plants and bricks yesterday.

    ~ Found a scrap piece of carpet in the utility room to put at the base of the basement stairs to protect the light grey carpet there. The boarder came in after walking on the sand/dirt left behind when we pulled up the bricks and tracked a mixture of it all through the kitchen and down the stairs to her room. I suggested she come downstairs immediately when entering the house and take off her boots/shoes on the scrap carpet before going any further.

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    ignored my interest in new jeans and a few flannel nightgowns.
    found 2 chairs for $15. each for the office. Check them out tomorrow
    Need to find a new collar for the dog as its too big. Going to check old ones here.

    We all ate more soup. Wanted more garlic bread but voted down a trip to the groc. store. I find that a lot of saving money is just talking yourself out of things you dont need anyway.
    Ate some leftover Halloween candy for dessert instead of baking.
    stayed home all day.

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    My day off yesterday, dh and I just had to go gallivanting again, with temps unseasonably warm past 2 days (in mid 60's) we wanted to take advantage of it. Walked in free parks and 7 miles of trails in woods, along lakes and streams. Frugal on health and entertainment. Tonight The Voice from last night and tonight.
    Worked today , 15 minutes of overtime. Free lunch from administration, Subway subs, soda, chips.
    Dh helped friend cut bushes in yard. He was sent home with 2 jars of raspberry jam and krumkake (she is Norwegian).
    Grandson 4 weeks old today, daughter called and said he rolled over from his belly on his own. I know he is not a fan of 'belly time".
    Baking a whole chicken from the freezer for supper, the leftovers will be mixed with any leftover rice for hotdish tomorrow.
    Dh has golf membership so early a.m. golf didn't cost him anything extra today.
    Niko-- Prayer said for you that your eye infection heals quickly with no residual problems.

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